Thursday, March 11, 2010
Time For Some Gardening Tips...!
Slowly we are seeing more signs of Spring coming soon!
Of course, for many of us Spring means gardening time and working with the flower beds and the garden plots. Visions of home grown vegetables and beautiful flowers and herbs dance around in our head, like the vision of sugarplums in the minds of children at Christmas time!
In keeping with that line of thinking, I thought this would be a good time to post an article about companion planting. This is a very useful and common sense way of helping the plants in your garden not only grow well, but also helps to do away with a lot of typical garden pest!
Taken from the pages of the Farmer's Almanac, this can be a very useful list.
It takes more than good soil, sun, and nutrients to ensure success in a garden. Plants have to grow well with one another. Some are friends and some are foes! Here are some examples of plant companions.
• Dill and basil planted among tomatoes protect the tomatoes from hornworms, and sage scattered about the cabbage patch reduces injury from cabbage moths.
• Marigolds are as good as gold when grown with just about any garden plant, repelling beetles, nematodes, and even animal pests.
• Some companions act as trap plants, luring insects to themselves. Nasturtiums, for example, are so favored by aphids that the devastating insects will flock to them instead of other plants.
• Carrots, dill, parsley, and parsnips attract garden heroes—praying mantises, ladybugs, and spiders—that dine on insect pests.
• While white garlic and onions repel a plethora of pests and make excellent neighbors for most garden plants, the growth of beans and peas is stunted in their presence.
• Potatoes and beans grow poorly in the company of sunflowers, and although cabbage and cauliflower are closely related, they don’t like each other at all.
Much of companion planting is common sense: Lettuce, radishes, and other quick-growing plants sown between hills of melons or winter squash will mature and be harvested long before these vines need more leg room.
Of course, this only scratches the surface on this idea. There are many books devoted to this way of planting, as well as many articles online that can be of help if you are planning to garden in this manner. You might want to check this out before doing your planting! Of course, this is just a suggestion.
Now, let's get some fresh coffee and go sit outside. You can help me watch for the hummingbirds!